Held in high regard by his trainer, BISHOPSFURZE came unstuck on a foray into Graded company earlier this month when badly hampered. He was a cosy winner of a maiden hurdle at Cork before that and can return to winning ways here before returning to better things. The consistent Start Me Up may not win as often as he should but will be no pushover having gone close in a decent contest at Limerick recently. Profit Margin and Another Palm opened their accounts over timber last time and there should be more to come from them.
Another Palm (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, headway into 2nd 4 out, led 3 out, ridden and disputed last, stayed on well run-in to assert, won at Down Royal 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Dec beating He's Our Man (11-5) by 1 1/4l, 18 ran.
Bishopsfurze (IRE) 6-4fav (11-3) Held up in last, badly hampered 4 out, soon no impression, 5th of 6, well behind Gagewell Flyer (11-3) at Naas 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) sft.
Start Me Up (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Raced 4th, went 2nd 2 out, soon ridden, strongly pressed winner from last, kept on well, just failed, 2nd of 5, shd behind Knockfierna (10-12) at Limerick 2m 6f nov hdl Grd 3 (1) in Dec.
Profit Margin (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Soon led, dropped to 3rd after 4 out, ridden after 3 out, 2nd and challenged from 2 out, led after last, kept on under pressure, won at Cork 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec beating Stephanie Kate (11-4) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Up The Beat 7-4fav (12-0) Led, headed approaching halfway, remained close up, 5th approaching straight, ridden to go moderate 3rd over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 13l behind Headford Flyer (11-7) at Clonmel 2m N H flat in Mar.
Edmundo (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, bad mistake 5 out, lost place and weakened, tailed off, 16th of 24, well behind So Young (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl in Dec.